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The holiday season is in full swing at the Westerly Senior Center with this week being the last full week until the week of Jan. 6. Floor and table shuffleboard will be held this week and then restarting on Jan. 8. The center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 so that ou…

I didn't really feel like working out. Nonetheless I was up and out the door and on my way to the YMCA. I had already determined that it was going to be a short morning. I was going to hop on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then head home for a shower. I had a ton of excuses for why I could…

Unlike most of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.

The holidays are about giving in so many ways. We give presents, share homemade cookies or pumpkin bread (or insert your holiday baking specialty here), and spend time with family and friends. People gather to sing songs, watch tree lightings, and share a cocoa and some holiday cheer. If you…

I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…

Six years ago, just about this time of year, I attended a holiday gift show at a school in Exeter-West Greenwich. Wandering around, I stopped at the booth for the Exeter Animal Shelter. They had elected not to bring animals to the show where they might easily have been overwhelmed, but they …

November 11, 2018, marked the centennial of the signing of the World War I Armistice. It also marked the 100th anniversary of women in the military. Across our great nation numerous ceremonies were held in remembrance of these two historic events.

I had to laugh. My friend John said, “It’s a teeny, weenie part. There are only a few line to memorize. Will you help me out?” Like a fish grabbing the bait, I was hooked. The play was being produced by Luis Pabon. His kids always put on a great show. Besides, it was a benefit for the Tommy …

At some point, even the healthiest and most independent among us may face a period of incapacity, be it from illness, injury or even old age. There may very well come a time when you can no longer handle your own business and financial affairs due to incapacity or incompetency, whether perma…

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January when families gather, homes sparkle, and travel spikes. Distracted drivers, holiday decorations, candles, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of accidents and fires.  Your local firefighters urge …

Rose says she goes there every chance she gets to see the pole. It makes her feel good, gives her a sense of peace. That warms my heart, but even though I view her action and feeling positively, I can’t see where a pole is going to make a shred of difference in the big picture of things.

Perspective. It is a matter of where you are and what you are engaged in at any given time. I saw a meme on Facebook today. It was from a page called Inspiring Quotes. A woman was sitting with a cup of coffee. It read, “When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is tha…

The radio stations have been playing Christmas carols for weeks now, and department stores have had holiday decorations and gifts on display since approximately July, so it’s easy to forget that we are not even through November yet! Thanksgiving is now only a few days away, though, which mea…

Like everyone, you want to retire comfortably without worrying about running out of money. That’s why you should consider every available source of income for your retirement years. One such source might be a fixed annuity, but is it right for you?

We circled the parking garage. The car had to be right around the next corner.  It was like something right out of a Seinfeld episode. We thought we remembered exactly where we had parked. The car wasn't there. We walked around and around. Then I started laughing. I felt like George Costanza.